Could that be it? Could that be our Great British summer all done and dusted? It seems unlikely that we’ll again hit last week’s heady, upper 30 degree heights this year. So must we all unpack our beach bags, and accept that our current shade of tan is the best we can do?
We say no. There’s a glimmer of sun-soaked hope left. But it’s also best to be prepared. So, with our pessimistic hats on, we’ve this week sifted through the best brands have to offer in their AW19 collections to help you prepare for the (possibly) rainy, chilly days to come…
Boot up: Church’s Wootton Leather Lace-Up Boots
We’ll all need a solid pair of brown leather boots when autumn rolls around. They’re a solid stable of your winter wardrobe — and it pays to invest in the best early.
That’s why we’re always the first to take a look at Church’s new collection. Their new Wootton lace-ups in brandy leather are already in our basket; Goodyear-welted, lined for comfort and just begging for adventure.
Church’s Wootton Leather Lace-Up Boots
Start your engines: Bentley’s New Flying Spur
Bentley aren’t a brand to do things by halves. We should know, we’ve seen how things work on their people-powered assembly line. And the new Flying Spur is the epitome of meticulous engineering.
Expect crystal-cut LED matrix headlamps, 22-inch rims and a three-sided rotating central display. And, for that bespoke Bentley touch, drivers can choose between eight wood and four stone veneers for the cabin.
Bentley’s New Flying Spur
Wrap up: Sir Plus Navy Nehru Jacket
Want to get your autumn statement jacket sorted now? Look no further. In a super soft virgin wool and cashmere blend, this jacket from Sir Plus is single-breasted with a classic Mandarin collar. There are more pockets than you’ll know what to do with, and the whole jacket is finished with the brand’s signature coconut buttons.
Sir Plus Navy Nehru Jacket
Whisky Business: Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1805 Celebration Blend
Johnnie Walker sure can throw together a good limited edition blend. And, while £22,500 may be a little steep for a nightcap when the evenings get cooler, you’ll be able to appreciate the story as much as the Scotch. Created from whiskies ranging from 45 to 70 years, this blend is bottled in engraved glassware and presented in a blue leather-lined box.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1805 Celebration Blend
And relax: Smartech Muse 2 Brain-Sensing Headband
If you prefer to relax in a more wholesome way, we’ve got just the gadget for you. Designed to help you along your meditative path, this band provides real-time feedback on your brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements — and connects to your phone via Bluetooth to offer the best guided relaxation session for you. Sound a little too Black Mirror? Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it…
Smartech Muse 2 Brain-Sensing Headband
Soft touch: Luca Faloni Pure Cashmere Sweater
You may be wearing your Luca Faloni linen shirt at the moment, but it always pays to stock up on quality knitwear for breezy summer evenings. We never holiday without one of the Italian brand’s pure cashmere sweaters; fitted, comfortable and luxuriously soft.
Luca Faloni Pure Cashmere Sweater
Lace up: CQP Jubilee Sneakers
To celebrate their 5th anniversary, Swedish footwear wizards CQP have launched 25 limited edition pairs of their best-selling — and our favourite — sneakers, the Racquet Sr. Featuring the CQP-dot on their side panels, these kicks have been produced in a distressed denim blue suede with cream leather detailing, and make for effortless summer style. Snap them up.
CQP Jubilee Sneakers
Listen up: Astell & Kern A&Ultima High-Res Music Player
‘High-Res music’, we hear you cry? Yes, it really is a thing. And Astell & Kern are the innovators behind the best high-res music players in the business. With enough capacity to hold 128gb of files, the SP1000M music player is made from lightweight aluminium, weighs in at just 200g, and is even small enough to control with one hand – great when you’re travelling on a cramped train.
Astell & Kern A&Ultima High-Res Music Player
Dive in: Mandarin Oriental X Orlebar Brown Swim Shorts
But it’s not all glum expressions and grey clouds! This week we may have had our eyes on the autumn, but summer isn’t really over yet.
So why not turn to friends of Gentleman’s Journal, Orlebar Brown, and celebrate the sun with their new Mandarin Oriental collaboration? Using the hotel chain’s iconic fan logo to create a jacquard tessellating pattern, these swim shorts can be purchased and sent straight to your room when you next check in. Now that’s service.
Mandarin Oriental X Orlebar Brown Swim Shorts
Looking for more top class gear? Check out last week’s Editor’s Picks here…